Parents helping parents

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM

The event will run from 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot of Resurrection Life Church, at the northeast corner of U.S. 31 and Lincoln Street in Grand Haven Township.

“All monies collected from this event will be used to purchase gas cards for the families who have girls still in the hospital and are traveling daily from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids to be with their loved ones,” wrote Teri Carpenter, a longtime Grand Haven resident who now lives in Comstock Park. “Also, for the girls who are already home but are traveling a distance to doctor and physical therapy appointments.”

Four of the girls – Danielle Michaels, Hannah DeVecht, Emily Bogner and Madison Case – are home and recovering from injuries suffered in the March 16 crash on I-96.

The fifth girl, Brittney Olds, 16, is working her way back after a medically-induced coma at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. According to her care page, the MRI did not show the results her family had hoped for. It’s unclear how extensive the brain damage may be, but Olds is off of the breathing machine, responding to those around her and working to communicate.

Olds and a couple of the other girls face continued rehabilitation and medical care locally and in Grand Rapids.

That’s where the parent group hopes to step in.

Carpenter said that due to the time crunch because of spring break, and because of a certain amount of “red tape,” she was not able to set up a bank account for donations. So she encourages people to stop by the church and drop off their empty returnable cans and bottles.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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